knitting needles on Air India
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Mar 19, 2013 7:25 PM Last Post By: Kezwinkle
Jan 25, 2013 6:55 PM
Jan 26, 2013 5:39 AM
Jan 26, 2013 5:59 AM
2I always fly with knitting needles on me. I got a scrunched up nose by security at the Mumbai airport once, but have flown to and around Asia several times in the past several years with knitting needles in my carry-on. They have never been taken. They always take my yarn snippers though, and they took my nail clippers this year.
Jan 26, 2013 6:12 AM
3but have flown to and around Asia several times in the past several years with knitting needles in my carry-on. They have never been taken. They always take my yarn snippers though, and they took my nail clippers this year.
That is crazy , you could do far more damage to a flight attendant with a pair of knitting needles than a pair of yarn snippers or nail clippers for that matter ?
But i still attend to the fact that i have not seen anybody knitting on ANY flight for Twenty plus years , maybe i'm getting the wrong flights that don't have avid knitters on but that's the way i view it , i find it both ludicrous and dangerous that your allowed to take foot long spikes on a plane in hand luggage but are denied a pair of nail clippers or a nail file ?
Jan 26, 2013 8:36 AM
Jan 26, 2013 9:02 AM
Jan 26, 2013 10:17 AM
6I was asking for my wife. Perhaps the key is for her to offer to knit a sweater for the pilot in the 14 hours it takes to get to Delhi. Do you think they will let her in the cockpit to take measurements?
BTW in Spain she lost her tweezers and I my carabiner (they said brass knuckles) both of which had survived many prior security checks.
Jan 26, 2013 11:11 AM
7I would say to be on the safe side and check them in ..
If she starts getting knitting withdrawal symptoms , she can always recite " Knit one , pear two " for the 14 hours to Delhi ....
Jan 26, 2013 11:56 PM
8Ribblerat2, have you ever seen or touched knitting needles? They are not anything like foot long spikes! Mine are often six inches long with very smooth and dull tips. Hardly a weapon. Urge: Your wife should be fine to bring hers on. I always knit on long flights, it's perfect, and I've had no trouble about it!
Jan 27, 2013 4:30 AM
9I have also seen Knitting needles six inches long but i have also quite frequently seen larger too ...
To be on the safe side why don't you get in contact with your departure Airport and Airline and inquire what is allowable and what is not !
Different Airports have slightly different rules .. Instead of relying on conflicting and unsubstantiated information ...
Jan 27, 2013 6:06 AM
ribblerat2 that is a good suggestion but not practical. The airline funnels me into a call center where the information is not reliable. Also after Delhi we are flying domestic.
Jan 27, 2013 7:30 AM
11Are you really spending all this mental energy on something so small? My, you really do like to knit! :-) Look, just bring them with you, and if they get confiscated they get confiscated. It isn't as if they are taking your baby! Just keep an extra set in your checked baggage and no worries.
Enjoy your trip!
Jan 27, 2013 8:36 AM
Jan 27, 2013 9:09 AM
13How about starting her Knitting project once on the ground in India ? She will have loads of time to Knit then , may i suggest maybe an in flight Movie or a good book to read in Flight ?
Jan 29, 2013 9:55 AM
14About four years ago I boarded an internal flight (Varanasi-Delhi) with a broken ankle and they insisted the walking pole I was using as a 'walking stick' (crutch) be stowed under the aircraft. I kind of understood their concerns, but when I was boarding the aircraft after the third security check on the runway, I spotted a Sikh gentleman wearing traditional dress boarding the same flight, and he was wearing a kirpan in plain sight.
Put your hair up in a bun and use the knitting needles as 'hair pins', Japanese style.
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